Jigawa Airport Ready for Operations in 2014

Written by  |  Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

The Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Oduah, on Monday inspected the N11 billion Dutse International airport in Jigawa. Oduah, who undertook the inspection when she visited the ongoing project of the airport, said the airport had a three-metre runway. She said the essence of the airport was to improve the lives of Jigawa people and to ensure that commerce and connectivity were prioritised using the airport as a platform. `` It is the vision of Mr President to mainstream aviation to accomplish several economic purposes. `` The airport will also deal on perishable items; Jigawa should be our perishable hub for this area and we have huge plan for perishable cargo,’’ Oduah said. The minister urged other state governments to emulate their Jigawa counterpart, adding that the feat was done in a record time.  According to her, President Jonathan, eight months ago, laid the

Senate stops NAMA over new charges on airline operators

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

The Senate Committee on Aviation has directed the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to suspend the new charges on airline operators pending the outcome of a stakeholders meeting. The Sen. Hope Uzodinma (PDP-Imo) led committee gave the directive on Monday in Abuja following a meeting with the relevant stakeholders in the aviation industry. The operators had complained to the committee that NAMA had contravened the Aviation Act by asking them to pay the fees without consulting the relevant stakeholders as was stipulated by law. Spokesman for the operators, Mr Bala Ibn Na’allah told the committee that if the contravention was allowed to subsist, it would be in disregard of democratic norms. ``The law in Section 12 says that all the powers given to the Civil Aviation Authority in the exercise of its powers to make regulations, the authority shall consult with stakeholders including airlines.

``The complaints of the non-schedule airline operators are that no one is consulted before this decision was taken, ’’Na’allah said. Na'allah, a former member of the House of Representatives also complained that NAMA was asking operators to pay these

Aviation: Non-scheduled airlines are still operating

Written by  |  Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) says non-scheduled local airlines in Nigeria are still operating their normal flights at the various airports. This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Nnamdi Udoh, the Managing Director of NAMA, on Thursday in Abuja. Nnamdi said this was contrary to some reports that non-scheduled airlines (private jet operators) had shut down their operations in protest against the new aviation charges introduced for the use of general aviation terminals at airports.  ``We wish to inform the public, especially aviation stakeholders, that the allegation is false as serious non-scheduled operators are still operating their normal flights at our various airports. ``The few operators who could not operate are those who are yet to comply with the new regime. ``As at today, more than 30 operators have paid the requisite fee and are freely enjoying our services,’’ he said.According to him, the charges are jointly being collected on

Associated Airline Crash: DNA test results out

Written by  |  Sunday, 17 November 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

Results of the DNA tests conducted by a UK laboratory for proper identification of those killed in the Associated Airline plane crash are ready, a consultant said. Dr Francis Faduyile, a Consultant Pathologist, Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday that the results were delivered to LASUTH on Thursday. DNA (or deoxyribonucleic acid) is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. Faduyile said that relatives of victims have started picking up the corpses of their loved ones. He added that ``the DNA results have arrived in the country and family members and relatives can come for the corpses as they are ready for collection.’’ Meanwhile, NAN reports that some relatives of the victims had crowded the Lekan Ogunsola Memorial House,

Helicopter business in Nigeria to generate over $600m in 2014

Written by  |  Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

If helicopter operations in Nigeria are not altered by accidents or major incidents, its business, especially in the oil and gas industry would generate $600 million (about N96 billion) for all commercial air transport operators in 2014, experts have said. The amount, according to Akin Oni, managing director of Bristow Helicopters, would be generated by operations of over 83 helicopters being operated by six operators with Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) in the country. At a one-day seminar with theme ‘Strengthening safety in the aviation sector’ organised by Aero Consult Limited at Lagos airport, he said the oil and gas sector is the life blood of Nigeria adding that 90 percent of export earnings and 40 percent of government revenue is from oil production. According to him, over 90 percent of the production is onshore and offshore sections of the Nigeria where only ‘helicopters provide quick and safe access for companies in the prospecting and production operations.’

NAMA To Crackdown on Private Jet Owners

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has said it has implemented measures to checkmate the activities of private jet owners who use their jets for commercial purposes. According to statistics from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the federal government loses about $15 billion annually to private jet owners who operate commercial charter operations with their aeroplanes. Managing Director of NAMA, Engineer Nnamdi Udoh, in an interview in Lagos said the agency monitors the operations of private jet owners by insisting that they must submit a manifest for all their operations. “That is why we are asking people to submit manifest. Anyone who owns a private jet and flies 20 times in a week, where is he going to? Even if he is a business man it still does not explain that high number of flights. So we must check the statistics, check the movements of the aircraft”, he said. The NAMA boss also spoke on its efforts to ensure that airfield lighting systems are functional in all Nigeria’s airports. He said since the agency was handed over that responsibility it has done well to ensure that the system is functional in most airports.His words, “Government transferred the responsibility to us just about a year ago.

Oduah Gate: Committee Wants Oduah Removed over Bulletproof Cars

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation will today present its report on the investigation into the alleged purchase of two controversial BMW bulletproof cars by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA). The committee has  recommended the removal of the minister of aviation, Ms Stella Oduah, for violating the 1999 Constitution (as amended).  LEADERSHIP had exclusively reported on Monday that Oduah would be recommended for sanction by the committee on the grounds that she flouted  due process and approved  a contract of N643m which exceeds her threshold of N100m. The recommendations of the report include indictment of Oduah for breaching the 2013 Appropriation Act, for breaching the Public Procurement Act and for negligence of duty. LEADERSHIP further gathered from reliable sources that the report also prescribes for sanctions against all parties involved in the purchase of the vehicles, including management staff of the NCAA. A lawmaker who spoke to LEADERSHIP on the recommendations last night  but sought anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter said, “We have indicted her on everything. She has breached the Procurement Act as was uncovered during the public hearing and the Appropriation Act as well.

Kano Airport Resumes International Flights

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

International flight operations resumed yesterday at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, with the arrival of a Sudan Air flight at 9am local time. The resumption of international flights, which was greeted with great excitement by the people of Kano State, was observed by the deputy governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who was conducted round the terminal by the regional general manager in charge of North-West Airports, Alhaji Ibrahim Daibu, to observe passenger facilitation for the Sudan Air flight. The airport had been without international flights since KLM stopped its flights to the ancient city due to low passenger turnout. According to Yakubu Dati of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), all facilities required for international flight operations at the newly remodelled international terminal, including modern conveyor belts, x-ray and 3D screening machines, check-in counters and immigration counters have been installed to ensure safety and security at the airport.

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